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STEM Education News

May 15, 2015

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National News & Opinion

2016 Budget Plan Troubling to Education Advocates
Members of the House were not in Washington, DC when the Senate passed the FY 2016 budget resolution that the House approved over a week ago. The spending plan for next fiscal year almost ensures that education spending will not grow and will then likely see significant cuts in future years. The Committee for Education Funding—a large group of organizations that advocates for federal investments in education—sent Congress a letter warning of the adverse effects of the spending plan. The letter said that if the discretionary cuts required by the budget resolution are applied equally to all agencies, the Department of Education would be cut by about $3.5 billion in FY 2017, and Head Start, which is run through by the Department of Health and Human Services, would be cut by $421 million. It urges Congress to fix sequestration and adequately invest in the programs that are crucial to domestic policy priorities.
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Prepared for Triangle Coalition for STEM Education by Washington Partners, LLC

What Can Technology Do for Tomorrow’s Children?
By Arne Duncan
Innovation in education goes well beyond gadgets and apps. Here’s my vision for the classroom of the future.
School looks different today than it did even a handful of years ago. Teaching and learning is changing — in exciting ways — because the world is changing.

We now live in a global economy with a knowledge-based marketplace, where the ultimate measure of our success is becoming less about what we know, but more about what we do with what we know, and learning new skills to fit a rapidly changing world.

Technology has helped to accelerate this pace of change, retooling nearly every aspect of our daily life, from how we communicate, to how we shop, to how we receive medical care. Schools — many of which have been slow to embrace innovation — are beginning to engage in this digital revolution.
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Rev. Al Sharpton in Trenton: STEM education is a civil rights issue
By Jenna Pizzi, For
Calling the lack of Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) education in the inner cities a “very serious civil rights issue,” Rev. Al Sharpton said he is pleased to see Trenton schools are implementing a new science and math curriculum.

Sharpton learned about the school district’s initiatives on a tour of Trenton Central High School’s 9th grade academy on Wednesday where he talked to students, teachers and administrators and sat in on an algebra-based physics class.
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Member Spotlight

NSB selects Museum of Science, Boston’s National Center for Technological Literacy for its 2015 Public Service Award
Today (April 28, 2015) the National Science Board (NSB) announced that the National Center for Technological Literacy (NCTL), created by the Museum of Science, Boston, is a recipient of its 2015 Public Service Award.
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From the States

Maryland: Harris’ Heroes: Maryland kids give up recess to learn science, By Leon Harris, WJLA, ABC 7

Kentucky: U of L’s emphasis on additive manufacturing gets a boost, By Marty Finley, Louisville Business First

Louisiana: Xavier wins $5 million NASA grant for STEM project (The Times-Picayune), By Jed Lipinski,, The Times-Picayune


The Capitol Hill Maker Faire on June 11 kicks off a celebration of making in the Nation’s Capital and is being held in conjunction with the much larger National Maker Faire on June 12 and 13. It will be a fun and interactive event for members of the public, including members of Congress and their staff. Learn More.

The National Maker Faire - On June 12th-13th, 2015, makers from across the United States will convene in Washington, DC—to celebrate Making at the inaugural National Maker Faire. A collaboration between*, the DC Government, the University of the District of Columbia, and Maker Media, the National Maker Faire is bringing inventors, tinkerers, and makers of all ages to our Nation’s capital. Occurring at the beginning of the “Week of Making” on June 12-13, 2015, the celebration gives curious, inventive people a place to share what they love to make. Learn More.

Check out the Triangle Coalition for STEM Education full calendar of STEM events.